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I haven't posted here for a long time but have been posting about Dad on the Baby Boomers Board and on Christina's Vexations (yes, it's a Board I requested).

Dad continued to get weaker and be almost unable to walk but did not want to go to the doctor despite our insistence. We were planning on taking him when I returned from a short vacation but the morning after I returned, we found him on the floor - apparently he had fallen the night before and could not get up.

To make a long story very short, he spent 12 days in the hospital. He had a lot of conditions that were easily rectified - low pottasium, very dehydrated, urinary tract infection, an irregular heartbeat, etc, etc. His emphysema had not progressed much nor had the lung cancer (which he doesn't know that he has). (We had all assumed that the cancer had gone to his brain - a logical but incorrect assumption.) While in the hospital, he had a prostate operation and a colonoscopy to remove some polyps.

After 12 days in the hospital, he has been with me for almost 4 weeks. He has a physical therapist in twice a week, the visiting nurse once a week and a home health aide 3 hours five days a week. He can walk short distances without a cane or walker - he could barely move before. He does some exercises morning and night - not happily but he does do them. He drinks water - again, not happily. He eats three meals a day - this he does very happily :-) He showers ever other day and washes up morning and night otherwise.

He is in better condition - both physically, mentally and emotionally - than he has been in years.

I hope to be able to convince him that he can live alone again because I think he wants that. But someone will come in at least every other day. He will have to continue to drink water, eat well, shower and exercise. That remains to be seen.

Thank everyone here for your support in the past.

I hope that everyone realizes that sometimes things are not what they seem. We believed that at 81 Dad was nearing the end and we were very wrong. (I have thanked the Divine Being many times.) I wish everyone else the same good fortune that we have had. It's a long and tiring road but I am so happy to see the improvement in Dad.

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